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5-Minute Vegan Sour Cream

I was skeptical about dairy-free sour cream because I had always loved the dairy version, but this tofu Vegan Sour Cream recipe is surprisingly delicious! Creamy and tangy wonderfulness!

vegan sour cream in bright blue bowl with loaded baked potato in background

There’s just nothing like a big soft baked potato with a huge dollop of tangy sour cream on top. That’s one of my favorite ways to use this dairy-free sour cream recipe.

This vegan sour cream recipe is amazing because it’s…

  • Tangy
  • Lighty
  • Creamy
  • Full of flavor
  • Dairy-free
  • Oil-free
  • Great with nachos, baked potatoes, and more
  • Delicious
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What is dairy-free sour cream made with?

This vegan sour cream recipe without cashews is made with simple ingredients you likely already have on hand such as:

  • tofu
  • lemon juice
  • garlic clove
  • vinegar
  • salt
loaded baked potato with sour cream begin scooped onto it with wooden spoon

The recipe card at the bottom of the page has the full list of ingredients with measurements and instructions.

How to make non-dairy sour cream

This vegan sour cream recipe is so easy to make that anyone–and I do mean anyone–can make it. 

Simply place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. That’s seriously all there is to making this vegan alternative to sour cream.

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This is a terrific dairy-free sour cream alternative and can be made in only about 5 minutes and makes approximately one pint.

Tips for making this recipe

  • Seasoning- For me, tweaking the salt, lemon juice, and vinegar for your personal taste can really make this vegan sour cream pop.
  • Tofu- Firm silken tofu works best for this recipe. After chilling in the refrigerator, this vegan sour cream becomes thicker.
  • Vitamix- More terrific Vitamix blender recipes
  • Storage- In an airtight container in the refrigerator, this should keep for about 7-10 days. It does NOT freeze well.
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Creamy Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff uses this Tofu Sour Cream.

How long does vegan sour cream last?

Stored in an airtight jar or container in the refrigerator, this dairy-free sour cream recipe keeps in the refrigerator about 7-10 days. It does not freeze well. 

You’ll know when it is beginning to go bad, because it will become a little watery. As always, smell it to make sure that it doesn’t have a foul odor to it.

vegan sour cream on white wooden table with loaded baked potato in background

Uses for tofu sour cream

There are so many uses for this non-dairy sour cream, and here are just a few:

*Originally published January 2015.

If you watched the short demo video of me making the sour cream and are wondering about the taco bean mixture we ate on our baked potatoes, you’ll find the recipe for it in my Nacho Supreme recipe.

This makes so much sense, because the countries that consume the most soy, such as Japan and China, have the lowest rates of cancer and chronic disease. This short video will explain the benefits of soy.

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vegan sour cream in bright blue bowl with loaded baked potato in background

5-Minute Vegan Sour Cream

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

I was skeptical about dairy-free sour cream because I had always loved the dairy-version, but this tofu vegan sour cream recipe is surprisingly delicious! Creamy and tangy wonderfulness!



  1. Open tofu package and drain any water. If using shelf-stable tofu, there won't be much water. For the refrigerated tofu, you'll need to drain and then press all water out.
  2. Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  3. Keeps in air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.


Detailed instructions, in-process photos, and my personal helpful tips can be found in the article above.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 36Total Fat: 2gSodium: 78mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 4g

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Sunday 17th of July 2022

I have a member in my house who is anti vinegar. The recipe already calls for lemon juice which I usually use as a substitute. Any suggestions? I'm afraid of the taste if I increase the lemon juice to make up for the vinegar, or leaving it out.

Terri Edwards

Monday 18th of July 2022

Hi Alicia- I think just increasing the amount of lemon juice will be the best option if you need to eliminate the vinegar. It should still taste good.


Thursday 12th of May 2022

I was surprised at how good this tastes! Awesome recipe!


Monday 21st of February 2022

I just made your sour cream for the first time. It taste great! But it was a bit liquidy. Is this normal? Should it thicken ok in the fridge?

Terri Edwards

Tuesday 22nd of February 2022

Hi Gretchen- Yes, it will firm up some when chilled in the refrigerator for a few hours. So glad that you liked it!


Saturday 4th of September 2021

This was amazing, much better than what you buy at the store. My picky vegetarian daughter even liked it almost as much as real sour cream!

Terri Edwards

Saturday 4th of September 2021

Hi Craig- That's awesome! So glad that both you and your daughter like it. Thanks so much for letting me know. :)


Tuesday 3rd of August 2021

This is unbelievably tasty! So easy to throw together. One of the best vegan sour cream recipe I've found. Thank you!

Terri Edwards

Tuesday 3rd of August 2021

Hey Brittany- YAY! That's awesome to hear!

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